Statement on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting
“The students, teachers, and parents of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida are living out an unthinkable tragedy today. The U.S. is the only country where tragedies like these continue to happen, and yet we do nothing. We have the power to make sure horrific days like today don’t happen, and yet we do nothing. How can it be that the most developed country in the world is incapable of addressing gun violence?”
-Lincoln Soldati, February 15th, 2018
Events like Newtown, Las Vegas, and most recently Parkland, happen all too often in this country. We are the only developed nation which experiences mass shootings on a regular basis. While politicians argue over the ‘right time’ to implement policies to address firearms and gun violence, the truth is, it was yesterday.
Our country has seen so many horrific mass shootings that we’ve grown tired of having to repeat the same sensible positions that a majority of Americans support – including responsible gun owners.
We are ready to implement policies that should be foregone conclusions.
Policies I support include:
- Requiring testing and d emonstration in the use and ownership of firearms
- Repealing the ban that prohibits the CDC from collecting data on gun violence
- Increasing the legal age of purchasing a rifle to 21
- Banning bump stocks
- Requiring comprehensive background checks for all firearms purchases which will include all domestic violence offenders, persons who have been deemed to be a threat to themselves or others due to a dangerous mental illness, and Individuals on the terrorist watch list or the no-fly list.
- Closing the background check loopholes for gun shows and private sales
- Banning assault weapons
- Banning high-capacity magazines
- Requiring a 72-Hour waiting period for purchasing a firearm
But the truth is, passing sensible gun reform legislation comes down to dark money and politicians beholden to corporate PACs, the gun lobby, and the NRA*. It comes down to complacent or ineffectual politicians who benefit from the status quo or have nothing to lose by staying quiet.
We need to be very clear with every politician from now on – where do you stand on gun reform and what policies do you promise to enact in Congress? If your representatives can’t give a direct answer and commit to ending gun violence, it’s time to vote for change.
We need representatives to challenge the senseless distortions of the Constitution that bolster the firearm industry and leaders that will fight tirelessly to put a stop to these tragic massacres that are increasingly common in our country.
As the only elected prosecutor statewide to testify against the death penalty in NH, I’ve put my progressive values into practice, even when it meant going against the tide. As Strafford county’s lead prosecutor, I worked to change how a broken prosecution system disenfranchised victims of sexual assault until we had a protocol that treated victims with dignity and respect – a protocol that would eventually become the state standard. All along, I’ve acted as a change agent for the criminal justice system to transform it for the better. Now is the time we do the same thing for gun control.
*Throughout my campaign, I am refusing all corporate PAC and DC Lobbyist money. This includes money from the NRA.